Items of Interest and What's New at Temple Baptist Church Old Hickory TN
|Posted by TBCOH on May 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
Happy Mother’s Day
Tenderly from the womb you carried us in love and showered us with gentle kindness. Now you carry us still in prayer; trusting the gentle arms of the Father to keep us. You spent your days teaching us what was good and right and planted the seeds of God’s Word deep within our lives. Those seeds grew with us and now we can see stately trees of righteousness growing strong in our character. Even now, the trees of your integrity still give us a shadow to rest in. The memories of how you did what was right when you thought nobody was looking burned an impression on our choices and we have learned to do right because God is righteous and He sees all.
First you held us close and then you let us go, and now we have learned to love with abandon and release with freedom. You have covered our wounds and now we have learned to cover and help mend the hearts of others. Thank you over and over Moms for all you have planted in us. We pray we are found to be good soil so that you will see God’s harvest multiplied in your honor. As for all the Moms that have gone to heaven before us, I’m sure they must be in the great cloud of witnesses, cheering, praying and encouraging us forward in the race that ends with Jesus, who is our great reward.
By Danielle Adams
|Posted by TBCOH on December 6, 2014 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
The God of All Comfort
2 Cor. 1:3-5
In his letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote, “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) For Christians, God is first and foremost known as the Father of Jesus, who in turn is the greatest blessing given to mankind. We can call Him our Heavenly Father only because He is the Father of Jesus.
Paul experienced firsthand “the God of all comfort” through his ministry as an apostle for Jesus Christ. The comfort Paul is writing about in this Scripture passage has nothing to do with a sentimental, “warm and fuzzy” feeling we often associate with the word comfort. God’s comfort is His encouragement and strengthening when believers experience difficult circumstances. Paul wrote, “He comforts us in all our affliction…” (vs. 1:4a). Paul suffered both extreme physical abuse and emotional turmoil as Christ’s apostle. In this letter to the Corinthian believers, Paul wrote about afflictions he experienced in his mission work in Asia. He said they were “burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.” (vs. 1:8) In his difficulties, Paul came to recognize not only God’s deliverance, but His purpose to teach Paul to rely completely upon Him.
It is natural for us to want to avoid suffering. Yet, the Bible repeatedly teaches that followers of Christ can grow spiritually through these challenges. “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
God had a greater purpose than comforting Paul. The apostle would “…be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (vs. 1:4b) Through his personal example, prayers, and words of encouragement, Paul could come alongside others in distress, because he himself experienced personally God’s comfort. Paul was, and we today are, able to comfort others because “…the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” (vs. 1:5) Christ was, and is, the center and source for all comfort.
The irony of the “holiday season” is that it can be some of the most discomforting days to get through for people who are experiencing difficult times in their lives. People who are long-term caregivers, those grieving over loss of a loved one through death, loss of job, torn or broken relationships? Can you identify people in your life that you can offer comfort to, through the comfort you have received from God through Jesus Christ? You can be a blessing to someone today.
Thank you, Mary Rayburn, for blessing us with this devotional moment.
December 1, 2014
|Posted by TBCOH on November 1, 2014 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
I enjoy being able to decorate at my home and at my church for special times of fellowship. Whether getting ready for a festive time with my family or festivities where I worship, it always gives me joy in my heart to serve others. However, my decorations can be pretty colorful, a lot of fun, and sometimes . . . there's a message involved.
At Thanksgiving, Mom would humbly and beautifully decorate her hundred-year old dinner table with the small basket shaped like a horn. She called it a Cornucopia; Horn of Plenty. It would overflow with an array of fall colors. Using flowers, fruits, apples, squash, pumpkins, pears and different colors of corn, she carefully arranged them in and around the basket and completed it with a raffia ribbon. The centerpiece was bright and beautiful. It reminded us of the abundance of blessings that God had given to us. It was harvest time, a time of being grateful and sharing your blessings with others.
God, who is Creator and Master of all things, has created a beautiful assortment of people here at Temple Baptist Church. We are His Cornucopia design, every day. We gather together to praise and honor Him. We are not held together by a raffia ribbon, but he holds us together by His Grace. We are a lovely bouquet of believers who join together to worship and serve the Lord. We are beautiful in His sight. We are God's array of love and beauty; a body of believers who shine through our spiritual gifts. God must be smiling as we thank Him for nourishing our souls.
We are shaped by His love and we serve with gladness in our hearts. We know the Holy Spirit is molding us, teaching us, guiding us. We are happy to sing praises unto our King of Kings. We pray for one another and for those in our lost world who need Jesus Christ as their Savior. Our mission is to carry His Message of Salvation to everyone; we gladly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sharing the blessings with honor and privilege, we prayerfully thank God for everything. We invite you to come and experience the Love of Christ, Bible Teaching, and Bible Study for all age groups, worship through song, and fellowship with one another. Come; enjoy our 'Cornucopia' of believers - sinners saved by Grace. Join us as we give praise to and worship the Creator of Everything.
Yours in Christ,
2 Corinthians 9:8 New King James Version
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
|Posted by TBCOH on October 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Who doesn't like Thanksgiving Dinner!
Once again our church-wide feast of Thanksgiving will be celebrated immediately following morning Worship Service on November 24th. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite a friend. It will be a covered dish, pot luck offering orchestrated by our Sunday morning Bible Study teachers. Please see your teacher for instructions on what to bring. *** Please note - There will be no evening Worship Service on the 24th after the dinner.
|Posted by TBCOH on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Have You Noticed?
Have you noticed the elevated sense of urgency in nearly all areas of our world today? There seems to be a sense of impending danger and articles everywhere warning us of betrayal, destruction, horrific events and living conditions. There is perceived an incredible need for survival knowledge and an incredible supply of advertisements to supply that knowledge.
In the meantime the peoples of the world continue to search for love and fulfillment, purpose and joy somewhere in their existence. It matters not if they are affluent, working class, low income or in abject poverty; their instinct for survival and hope for happiness (however it is defined for them) is primal. Many of them seek out relationships to satisfy an instinctual need to be validated, whether through traditional family units with children or alternative life partners, the need to create something meaningful, something that says connectedness.
In the 2004 movie, "Shall We Dance", Beverly Clark says "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
While there is much truth to this quote, seldom do people find it lasting unless the validation first comes from our creator, for we were each designed for a purpose greater than eating and mating and reproducing; we were designed with intelligence, skills and gifts of uniqueness, and the ability to know and recognize love above lust.
Why love? Because God is love and He longs to share it with us in a way that we will experience the power and freedom it gives us to relate to Him through His Son. It is a love that is both vertical and horizontal in its reach. We struggle until we search for the real meaning of our existence. He cares about everything. He notices and He will be your witness, your advocate, your mediator, your deliverer. Only believe.
Sadly, the sin that entered the world, so long ago, separated us from that beautiful, vertical relationship that would have nurtured and blossomed in a world where there would have been no hate, no violence, no betrayal or horror. Sadly, we were left with only horizontal relationships that often produce so much suffering it seems futile to think we can escape the devastation all around us.
The good news is God did not leave us without a way to restore that vertical relationship. Love and Hope are real and available to us, the price for sin has been paid . . . all that's left is to believe and tell others about His love. Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
So I ask the question, is the psychological impact, of the increasing violence all around us, being helped or hurt by the "awareness" brought to us by social media and the news broadcasts, or is it helping us to be "ready"? Whatever your answer to that question, I suggest we remember our lives will not go unnoticed.
August 25, 2014 by Kathleen Kidder
|Posted by TBCOH on October 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Temple Baptist Church is happy to announce and eager to offer an opportunity to show God's love to others in our community in a tangible and simple way. While our Grow Ministry is mostly an outreach to newcomers to our church; "Acts of Kindness" (AOK Ministry) is simply that - acts of kindness to let others know we care and appreciate them.
On Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30 am, the first group of volunteers met in the fellowship hall (cookie trays in hand) to pray and fellowship as they wrote note cards to shut-ins and some folks we haven't seen in a while. We delivered cookies to the Hermitage Fire House and the Hermitage Police Department as well. Maybe we should have called it the "Cookies and Cards" ministry? However, our goal entails more than cookies and cards. We will be visiting nursing homes (and more) wanting to share the Gospel as God allows along with those cookies.
Our next mission is slated for October 31st delivering "treats" instead of tricks to a nursing home in Hermitage. We welcome any who can offer to join with us in ministry, either by time or contribution of cookies, candy, greeting cards (themed or blank), or even postage. Any way that you can participate with "AOK" to say "you are my neighbor and God wants you to know you are loved", is welcomed!
Thanks to all who came out on the 3rd. Thanks to Geri Ray for responding to the Holy Spirit's leading to head this up. Contact the church office for more info or come on Sunday and find Geri Ray.
|Posted by TBCOH on October 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Great news! We have long wanted to bring Pastor's Worship Service to our shut-ins and those who may be unable to attend. Some of us have loved ones who may be far away and can't be here to worship with us. Some have wanted just to be able to share what God shared through our Pastor on Sunday morning. Now anyone who has access to the internet can do just that. Send them to our website and look for the Sermon Podcast link on the home page or go directly to link titled "MORE" and select "Music and Podcast" to find Brother Gary's messages.
Please report any technical issues or questions you may have using the reply option on this page. Many thanks to our AV Team for their diligent work.
|Posted by TBCOH on October 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
Gospel Text Mission is an independent, faith missionary ministry to and through the local Bible-believing church, whose desire is to give away Gospel signs. We heard why his calling to witness for Christ ,through printed signs, continues to be a powerful silent message of God's love and our hope.
Temple Baptist Church was blessed to have Bro. Casper Koning, from the Gospel Text Mission as our guest speaker back in May. We know our Lord is returning soon; we don't know who might see the signs you may have received from Bro. Koning. Praying you will be bold in your witness for Christ and display them as promised. To God be the glory.
|Posted by TBCOH on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
You may have noticed a new look to our website. We are working hard to bring you pages that give you up to date information and ease in getting around (we like to call that "user friendly".) So we will need your prayers, patience and feedback as we continue to revamp our online presence. Expect to see more changes, maybe even big ones. Please check back often.
If you have ideas or specific information you think would be helpful, please use the contact us link to email us. Our desire is to make this site one you will want to come back to often. Very often!